Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
Nora Raleigh Baskin
It’s important to remember that today’s middle schoolers in 2016 were not alive on 9/11. As the author says in her afterword (and do read the afterword, it is a great explanation of the author’s purpose and process)
For young students today there is no “before 9/11”
And for this reason we need quality YA literature that explores the days before and after September 11. Baskin is a wonderful writer and she has created 4 individual stories and characters to make her point about how interconnected our country can be and how kids who seem very different may in fact find much common ground.
It takes some brain work on the part of the reader to keep each of the stories going. It’s important that we don’t expect these kids to all suddenly know one another – they’re very different and 9/11 affects them in different ways. I would have liked more of the after 9/11 part of the book, but I respect why the author plotted the book in this way.
I guess I’d call this historical fiction, and that’s hard for me because my memories of the day feel do very fresh.
Audience: Middle School (grades 5 and up)
Source: ARC from publisher